Castleford 13-year-old convicted for eight offences including assault

Most of the offending was centred on The Square in Airedale.
Most of the offending was centred on The Square in Airedale.

A Castleford teenager has been convicted at youth court after repeated incidents of anti-social behaviour.

West Yorkshire Police described the teenager as "bringing disorder to the community through fighting and committing criminal damage".

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The 13-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was convicted of eight offences at Wakefield Youth Court on February 25 after pleading guilty.

Most of the offending was centred on The Square in Airedale.

He was ordered to pay compensation and will now be managed by the Wakefield Youth Offending Team who will work to rehabilitate him.

The juvenile was convicted for offences including assault by beating, criminal damage and using threatening and or abusive language.

Sergeant Lisa Beedel of the Castleford Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We have been investigating anti-social behaviour in the Square area of Airedale for some time and are pleased to have secured a conviction against this youth who has been centrally involved in it.

“Actions such as his can bring real misery to communities and we welcome his conviction at court.

“Clearly he is still very young and he will now be placed on a programme intended to challenge his criminal activity, reform his behaviour and help him take a more positive path away from criminal activity.

“If he fails to amend his ways then he will find himself on a path which could lead eventually to prison.”

She added: “We are continuing to investigate anti-social behaviour and tackling it remains a top priority for us in Castleford. Anyone who has information is asked to contact the North East and Rural NPT on 101.”